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Previous Initiatives: Views of York Exhibition 2012


Samuel Prout - View Water Lane, c.1810

Fred Taylor - View of the Shambles from King's Square, c.1925

John Piper - View from Clifford's Tower, 1951

John Christopher Bell - York from Skeldergate Ferry, c.1860

Jake Attree, Skeldergate Bridge, York

John Langton, York Minster from the East

J.M.W. Turner, Views from the West Bank (Trustees of the British Museum)
The ancient city of York has attracted the interest of many artists and photographers through the ages.  Our major exhibition Views of York documented those aspects of the city which captured their imagination and showed how perceptions changed over time. Early coloured maps from the British Library reveal the city's medieval structure, whilst panoramas by York-based artist Frances Place, display a skyline full of interest and spectacle. 

Displayed throughout Fairfax House from  April to  August 2012 were over a hundred paintings, watercolours and photographs focusing primarily on the setting of York, the rivers, its medieval streets, the famous walls, plus panoramic views of York, all of which have inspired artists over the last four centuries.

Watercolours from the British Museum by the artist Francis Place, who settled in York in the 1680s, were included, as were atmospheric studies by the likes of Turner, Girtin, Marlow and Scarborough artist H.B. Carter. The most recent paintings were by York artists John Langton and Jake Attree, plus a dramatic watercolour of the Minster by M.H. Bradley, painted on V.E.Day 1945, with the nearby anti-aircraft searchlights trained onto the Minster's West Front after six years of darkness.

Private loans for this exhibition were supplemented by loans from public institutions, including the British Museum, the British Library and York Art Gallery.



Read more about the Views of York story in The York Press. Click here
A number of members of the public told the Civic Trust which are their favourite Views of York, as invited by The York Press. Click here

Click below to download the York Minister Revealed publication from an earlier popular exhibition.
York Minster Revealed.pdf
or view the document here -